Ironically, living and working almost at his sharp elbow was another artist, somewhat younger, whose personality and demeanor were as nearly opposite that of Michelangelo as could be imagined. That artist was Raphael Sanzio. Raphael was born in 1483 and died at the tender age of 37 in 1520, his lifetime almost perfectly coinciding with the High Renaissance in Italy. He was debonair, handsome, pleasant, politically aware (to the point of fawning), and most of all talented--a proverbial "sponge" when it came to soaking up the styles and techniques of the old masters.
|The School of Athens, 1509, Raphael Sanzio|